Father of Columbine victim to speak in Augusta

Posted April 05, 2009, at 11:05 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The father of a student who was among the victims at Colorado’s Columbine High School nearly a decade ago will be in Maine on Monday to make a case for passage of a gun control bill, one of several before the Legislature’s public safety committee.

Tom Mauser will speak in the State House on behalf of a bill to require that all persons purchasing firearms at gun shows undergo a national instant criminal background check. The bill, supported by Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, is one of several gun-related measures before the committee.

One of the other bills would require that private transfers of firearms be facilitated by federally licensed firearms dealers, who must request a criminal history record check.